About a dozen officers, deputies, and troopers assisted in a foot chase after a man fled from authorities at Love’s Truck Stop around 10:30 am this past Friday morning. Natalia schools were put on lock down during the search for the man who was wanted out of Bexar County. The foot chase lasted about an hour and a half, according to Natalia Police Chief Gilbert Rodriguez.
It all began when DPS troopers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling on I-35. The vehicle with three occupants pulled into Love’s Truck Stop, but one of the occupants soon took off running into the wooded area behind the truck stop. Medina County Sheriff’s Office and Natalia PD were called in to assist in the search for the 27-year-old male subject.
“We all responded and set up a perimeter,” said Chief Gilbert Rodriguez. “The school was put on lock down since it is so close to that area. The suspect, who was on foot, was able to run all the way to County Road 6617, which is about half a mile behind Love’s Truck Stop. Then, seeing officers, he ran back into the brush. When we corralled him again, he ran back toward the Love’s Parking Lot, where he was arrested under the big Love’s sign.”
The suspect was arrested around noon.
“The suspect was apparently wanted on serious charges out of Bexar County, and we did also recover drugs on his person,” Chief Rodriguez said. “The other two occupants of the vehicle were cited and released.”
The subject was booked into Medina County Jail and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 >=4G<200G on a $50,000.00 Surety Bond, EVADING ARREST with a Vehicle on a 15,000.00 Personal Recognizance Bond, and EVADING ARREST DETENTION $3,500.00 Surety Bond, FAIL TO IDENTIFY FUGITIVE INTENT GIVE FALSE INFO $2,500.00 Surety Bond. He was wanted out of Bexar County for MTR- POSS CS PG 1 >=4G<200G, AFF SURETY TO SURR- UNL POSS FIREARM BY FELON, AFF SURETY TO SURR- THEFT OF FIREARM.